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  • 11 armed, drunken hunters arrested in Wisconsin

    01/18/2010 6:56:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 37 replies · 968+ views
    A new report by the the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says that 11 people were arrested for being armed and drunk during the state's 2009 nine-day deer hunting season. Five of them were repeat offenders. Game wardens also arrested 29 convicted felons carrying firearms -- a big increase compared to previous years. It's not illegal for felons to purchase hunting permits in Wisconsin, but they can't carry guns. On the bright side, hunters managed not to kill each other this year, although a handful of them shot themselves or each other one way or another. Wisconsin DNR says the...
  • 2 women reach plea deals in gluing of Wis. lover

    12/15/2009 7:49:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,276+ views
    hosted ^ | Dec 14 2009
    CHILTON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Wisconsin women accused of seeking revenge on a cheating lover by gluing his penis to his stomach have reached plea deals. Forty-eight-year-old Therese Ziemann, of Menasha, was accused of doing the actual gluing.
  • Six area churches voted to leave ELCA

    12/07/2009 7:36:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 530+ views
    Shawano Leader (WI) ^ | 12/7/9 | Kent Tempus, Leader editor
    Six area churches in the Wolf River Region have voted in recent weeks to sever ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Two other churches have votes coming up, said the Rev. John Justman, bishop of the East-Central Synod of the ELCA in Appleton. All eight of the churches are in either Waupaca or Oconto counties. Justman said he thinks several of the churches will eventually leave the ELCA. “It makes me sad — they’re all special, and they’ve been good partners,” he said. “And if they do leave, we will wish them well. There’ll be sad feelings, not...
  • New Foods on a Stick: WI State Fair adds Chocolate-Covered Bacon to Its Menu

    08/03/2009 5:24:49 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 27 replies · 1,406+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | August 1, 2009 | Mary Bergin
    Chocolate-covered bacon, anyone? Food on a stick means kabobs on the grill, ice cream bars on the run, caramel apples for Halloween. You know where we’re going with this, right? Fair-weather fans crave oddball food during this time of year, and that can mean collecting sticks during all meal courses. The lines don’t begin and end at the Pronto Pup stand. Food-on-a-stick menus are getting fatter, embracing cotton candy and hot dogs to deep-fried Oreos and chunks of cheese. Expect more than three dozen choices when the Wisconsin State Fair opens Aug. 6 in West Allis, and the most outrageous...
  • Wis. man testifies he expected God to heal child

    07/30/2009 6:04:45 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 980+ views
    hosted ^ | Jul 30 | ROBERT IMRIE
    WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin man charged with killing his daughter by praying instead of taking her to a doctor read from the Bible while testifying Thursday that he couldn't seek medical help without disobeying God
  • Monona (WI) Residents May Get OK to Raise Chickens

    01/31/2009 4:32:11 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 577+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | January 30, 2009 | Nick Heynen
    Monona Ald. Doug Wood is trying to make his city more chicken-friendly."The first reaction is they sort of laugh," Wood said of his constituents when they hear about his draft ordinance to allow Monona residents to raise chickens. Even he thought the idea sounded funny at first. But, after a number of sustainable-living enthusiasts egged him on, he took stock of other urban chicken laws across the country — including Madison's, approved in 2004 — and decided one might fit well in Monona. The proposal will be presented to the City Council at their next meeting Monday. The most recent...
  • [Wisconsin's] Herbarium Tries To 'Counteract Bio-illiteracy'

    01/30/2009 5:06:48 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies · 550+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | January 30, 2009 | Melanie Conklin
    Just a stone's throw from UW-Madison's seat of power on top of Bascom Hill is a place that melds old scientific methods with modern research that you likely have not heard of — The Wisconsin State Herbarium.The herbarium in Birge Hall is a collection of 1.1 million dusty, dried plant specimens, taped or glued inside manila folders and tucked inside row upon row of huge, vertical metal file cabinets protected with insect traps. Boxes of overflowing specimens sit in the hallways. Now the herbarium staff is trying to get more people interested in the vast collection housed there. "In a...
  • Big Snow Friday Could Break Record

    12/26/2007 7:01:53 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 97+ views
    Madison.com ^ | December 26, 2007 | Bill Novak
    Madison, WI is on the verge of setting an all-time December snowfall record, and it could happen Friday. With a forecast for up to nine inches of snow Friday, the record of 35 inches set in 2000 could be toppled by Friday night. Anything over seven inches the rest of 2007 at Dane County Regional Airport will break the mark since the current snowfall total for December is right about 28 inches. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Friday for southern Wisconsin including Dane County because a low pressure system expected to develop in the...
  • Not much to like in Wisconsin regulations

    11/25/2007 4:24:41 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 77+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 25, 2007 | Ron Schara
    Wisconsin beer? I don't drink much brew, but my friends do. The Packers? What's not to like about 10-1? Wisconsin's deer hunting? Oh, my oshgosh, bi'gosh. As a first-time Wisconsin deer hunter last weekend, I'm not sure what's happened to the state's grand tradition, but my gut instinct says it's a mess. A mess? Well, one's first clue might be that the 2007 Wisconsin deer season requires a 55-page booklet of rules and regulations. The bulk of those pages has to do with chronic wasting disease, dealing with it, controlling it, etc., etc.
  • Classroom Walls Subject to Fire Code

    11/11/2007 9:16:53 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies · 122+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | November 10, 2007 | Susan Lampert-Smith
    On one hand, you have images of classrooms stripped as bare as jail cells and teachers fined $109 a day for daring to display the alphabet. On the other, you have the frightening specter of fire climbing the walls of a classroom. Middleton, WI fire officials have photographic evidence of what happens when classroom displays go up in flames: When a former Sauk Trail Elementary teacher left a candle burning in her room in January 2004, the papers hanging on the walls burned the hottest. The controversy in Middleton over new fire-code requirements for schools has generated protests from angry...
  • [Wisconsin State] Fair Stirs Up Contest Cook

    08/02/2007 5:31:22 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 249+ views
    JSOnline ^ | August 2, 2007 | Amy Guckeen
    (But competition isn't the only thing that draws her) West Allis, WI - When friends and family laughed at Sheila Bethia's decision to enter her baked goods for judging at the Wisconsin State Fair, Bethia's retort was simple, "I'll enter every year until I don't get a ribbon - then I'll quit." Thirty years later, Bethia, 60, has yet to come home empty. With more than 200 ribbons and 30 years of State Fair experience, Bethia's enthusiasm for the fair is contagious, a fever likely to be caught by thousands of Wisconsin residents as the fair opens its 11-day run...
  • Non-fatal shootings in city down 22%

    07/31/2007 3:21:47 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies · 211+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 30 july 07 | LINDA SPICE
    An anti-crime initiative that put Milwaukee police on patrol in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods this summer received credit on Monday for a nearly 22% drop in non-fatal shootings as well as a decrease in overall homicides during 2007. "With the effort put forth on this initiative, the bad guys are starting to get the message: If we catch you, you are definitely going to jail," Milwaukee
  • Wis. lawmaker drives over granddaughter

    07/14/2007 6:17:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 149 replies · 2,851+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Fri, Jul. 13, 2007 | AP
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A state senator accidentally drove over his young granddaughter Friday, killing her, the senator said in a statement. Sen. Dave Hansen said he was leaving to attend a meeting when his granddaughter ran out of the house and got behind his car. Hansen said neither he nor his wife knew the girl had run outside. The girl, Elliana Zaidel, was to have turned 2 on Wednesday. Hansen said he is in deep shock and attending to the needs of his family. The accident happened at Hansen's home in Green Bay at about 8:40 a.m. The toddler...
  • Granddaughter of State Senator Killed in Driveway Accident (Wisconsin)

    07/13/2007 2:46:43 PM PDT · by repinwi · 19 replies · 594+ views
    WBAY ^ | July 13, 2007
    The 23 month old granddaughter of State Senator (D) Dave Hansen has died after being hit by a car outside the home of the senator on Coppens Road in Green Bay. Hansen's office has confirmed the death of Ellie Zaidel, releasing a statement that reads in part, " Senator Hansen was leaving to attend a meeting at approximately 8:40, when his granddaughter unbeknownst to either him or her grandmother, ran out of the house and behind his car and was struck as he was backing out of the driveway."
  • Police Release More Detail About Juneteenth Violence

    06/20/2007 1:39:33 PM PDT · by Roberts · 59 replies · 1,840+ views
    WTMJ ^ | 6/20/07 | Jon Byman
    Milwaukee Police say a 33-year-old man has a broken tooth and cuts all over his face after a group of teenagers pulled him from his car and beat him following Milwaukee's Juneteenth celebration. It happened after the festival ended in the 3000 block of north 1st Street which is a short distance from the actual festival. Police say hundreds of teenagers started kicking the man's car. Today's TMJ 4 video from the scene shows the teenagers damaging at least several cars. The man who was pulled from his car was treated and released from a local hospital. Meanwhile, a few...
  • Wis. Girl Victimized by Sexual Assaults

    09/07/2006 2:48:07 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 64 replies · 2,114+ views
    My Way ^ | 09/07/2006 | CARRIE ANTLFINGER
    MILWAUKEE (AP) - An 11-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by as many as 20 boys as a 16-year-old girl watched and told her what sex acts to perform, authorities say in the latest mob attack to rock Milwaukee and set off another round of civic soul-searching. "It almost leaves me speechless. It is just senseless acts of violence. It is inhumane. It is embarrassing to the city of Milwaukee and its people. ... There should be outrage," Barbara Nuell-Moore, director of the neighborhood-improvement group Project Respect. The 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been charged in juvenile court in...
  • Wausau Man Electrocuted, In Critical Condition

    08/20/2006 10:58:31 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 63 replies · 1,523+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 20 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    (AP) MERRILL, Wis. Authorities say a man reportedly trying to reconnect electrical service to a home was hit with 14,400 volts of electricity. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says the 36-year-old man then fell 30 feet from a ladder into the back of a truck. The Wausau man is in critical condition Sunday at the burn unit of University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital. Authorities believe that Saturday he was attempting to illegally connect electrical service at a home in the Town of Corning. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation had shut off power to the home earlier in the week due to nonpayment....
  • Worker Trapped in Tank of Chocolate for 2 Hours at Wisconsin Factory

    08/18/2006 1:24:32 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 25 replies · 440+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | August 18, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    KENOSHA, WI (AP) -- It might sound like a chocoholic's dream, but stepping into a vat of bubbling hot chocolate became a two-hour nightmare for a 21-year-old man Friday morning. Donovan Garcia, an employee of a Kenosha company that supplies chocolate ingredients, said he was pushing the chocolate down into the vat at Debelis Corp. because it was stuck. But it became loose and he slid into the hopper, becoming trapped nearly chest-deep in the hot, thick, dark chocolate. The chocolate was 110 degrees, hotter than a hot tub, said Capt. Greg Sinnen of the Kenosha Fire Department. "It was...
  • Mayor Pledges Tougher Stance in Dealing with Downtown Crime (Reality Bites Socialists!)

    08/04/2006 12:57:22 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 417+ views
    Madison.com ^ | August 4, 2006 | Lee Sensenbrenner
    The Madison Police Department and the Dane County Tavern League are getting parts of their wish lists answered in the city's response to a rise in robberies. In a joint press conference held Thursday by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Police Chief Noble Wray, the recent rise in crime was blamed on too many bars, too many drunks and too few cops. The plan, which is coming together with the budget this fall, answers Wray's persistent call for more officers and freezes the number of bars downtown, which is something the Tavern League has been endorsing for years. Barb Mercer, president...
  • Pit Bull Care Takes Toll at Humane Society, Costs Soar for Dogs; Abuse Case Pending

    08/04/2006 12:38:40 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies · 516+ views
    Madison.com ^ | August 4, 2006 | Bill Novak
    Caring for 48 seized pit bull dogs has cost the Dane County Humane Society more than $50,000 so far, but expenses could increase 10 times that amount if court action against the dogs' owner drags on. Humane Society Board President Cathy Holmes told The Capital Times today that it's costing about $6,000 a week to house and feed the pit bulls at the society's facility, 5132 Voges Road, and there's no end in sight. "This case could take up to a year and half," Holmes said. "There's not much we can do." The pit bulls were seized June 14 from...
  • New Glarus Brewery Dispute Comes to a Head (Or How To Cripple Your Town's Economy)

    08/02/2006 6:16:45 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies · 1,113+ views
    Madison.com ^ | August 2, 2006 | Ellen Williams-Masson
    NEW GLARUS - A threat to relocate an expansion for the award-winning New Glarus Brewing Co. has forced the Village Board into a special session Thursday after a long-running dispute over finances came to a head. Village President Tom Myers presented a compromise to the board Tuesday night and said "we'll get to where we need to be" at the special session, but frustration over the protracted negotiations was evident. "I am in the situation where now I am moving on," brewery co-owner Deb Carey told the board. "My new idea is, maybe or maybe not we can build on...
  • Wisconsin Labor Unions Fight Ban On Gay Marriage

    07/31/2006 4:19:38 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies · 889+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 31 JULY 2006 | AP
    (AP) MADISON -- Labor unions are joining forces to fight a proposed ban on gay marriage and civil unions in what could become a powerful force in the Nov. 7 referendum. The groups, representing employees ranging from teachers to prison workers, say they are worried the amendment will take away their ability to bargain for benefits such as health insurance for the domestic partners of gay and straight employees. They are making donations, organizing volunteers and educating their members as part of their attempts to make Wisconsin the first state to defeat a constitutional ban on gay marriage. AFSCME, which...
  • U.S. Moves Toward Cuba Worry Locals (Madison Communists in a Tizzy!)

    08/01/2006 12:53:24 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 54 replies · 1,298+ views
    Madison.com ^ | August 1, 2006 | Anita Weier
    Sister city activists and other Madisonians with ties to Cuba said today they fear the Bush administration will use the transition in power from Fidel to Raul Castro as the occasion to activate a plan to replace that nation's communist system.They said such a move could lead to war. The Associated Press reported today that Bush told a Miami radio station on Monday, prior to the announcement of Castro's illness, "If Fidel Castro were to move on because of natural causes, we've got a plan in place to help the people of Cuba understand there's a better way than the...
  • State [Wisconsin] could lose U.S. education funds

    07/31/2006 6:20:29 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 4 replies · 323+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 30, 2006 | AMY HETZNER
    The U.S. Department of Education has warned Wisconsin officials that the state could lose about $233,000 if they don't fix shortcomings in the state's student testing system, including its alternate assessment for English language learners. Adopting a tough tone, the federal government has given the state until the end of the 2006-'07 school year to bring its tests into full compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. But a November testing period means Wisconsin has only until fall to address the concerns or it risks losing 15% of the $1.5 million it hopes to receive to...
  • Officials to Seek Habitat Protection for Dragonfly

    07/23/2006 2:13:04 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 22 replies · 1,141+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | July 23 , 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    GREEN BAY, WI (AP) -- The federal government is expected to release a plan this week that would declare more than 8,500 acres in Door and Ozaukee Counties as protected areas or critical habitats for the endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is slated to issue its proposal this week hoping to set aside for the dragonfly more than 27,000 acres in four states - Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.In Wisconsin, the plans call for declaring as protected 6,230 acres in Door County and 2,312 acres around Cedarburg Swamp west of Saukville in Ozaukee County. In Door...
  • Charges Issued in Fatal Park Shooting in Milwaukee (MSM Actually Uses Word "Illegal!")

    06/02/2006 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 355+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | June 2, 2006 | John Hartzell
    MILWAUKEE, WI (AP) -- A man wanted for opening fire on a group of Memorial Day picnickers, killing two and injuring three, began shooting after confronting his estranged wife at the park and demanding to see his three-year-old daughter, according to a newly-filed criminal complaint. Octaviano Juarez-Corro, 32, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Monday's shooting at South Shore Park along Lake Michigan. He was accused of killing Raymundo Silva, 31, and Julio Diaz-Guillen, 17, both of Milwaukee, and wounding Eunice Torres,...
  • Lightning Strikes at Burlington Chocolate Fest Cause Injuries (WI)

    05/30/2006 12:30:40 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies · 145+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | May 30, 2006 | Staff Write from AP
    BURLINGTON, WI (AP) -- Lightning strikes at Burlington's Chocolate Fest injured five people Monday and caused the holiday weekend event to close several hours early. Police said the five people received injuries from secondary effects of the lightning, and they were immediately treated by emergency rescue personnel on the grounds. They were taken to a hospital for treatment and then released. Police Lt. Scot Eisenhauer said he was at the Chocolate Fest when the lightning hit, and it seemed to strike the ground and then travel to the victims but did not hit them them directly. The four-day festival is...
  • Home Declared Uninhabitable After 29 Cats Found Alone

    05/30/2006 12:35:53 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 269+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | May 30, 2006 | Staff Write from AP
    APPLETON, WI (AP) -- A property owner could face charges after 28 cats were found alone in the home on Sunday. A 29th cat was recovered Monday after a neighbor saw it sitting in a window, and authorities said others might still be hiding in the structure. City health officials declared the home uninhabitable after police and firefighters spent more than 11 hours cleaning up debris and removing the animals from the home Sunday. Police were called to the home on Appleton's south side for a possible restraining order violation. But they found no one home, the house unlocked and...
  • Two Dead After Man Opens Fire At Milwaukee Park

    05/30/2006 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 19 replies · 806+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 30 May 2006 | AP
    (AP) MILWAUKEE A man opened fire at a group of people at a park packed with Memorial Day picnickers, killing two and wounding three, police said. The man argued with the victims Monday about 7:30 p.m. at South Shore Park, fired shots and fled in a vehicle, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said. It appeared the assailant knew his victims, she said, adding that police had a good idea of who the person was. Witnesses said they heard at least 10 shots, prompting the hundreds of people in the park along the Lake Michigan shore to scatter, screaming. "It was...
  • DNR will try not to kill wolf

    05/21/2006 2:57:15 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies · 186+ views
    Wisconsin Dells Events ^ | 5-21-06 | Jessica Frank
    State pressured by e-mails to find a place to send the animal Newport - The wolf that has been spotted in the town of Newport, nicknamed the "Wisconsin Dells Wolf," could be humanely trapped and sent to a captive facility. Adrian Wydeven, a mammalian ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said because of the outcry of support for the lone wolf, the DNR now has plans to capture the wolf with a modified foot hole trap, tranquilize the animal and send it to the Wildlife Science Center in Minnesota. The Wildlife Science Center contacted the DNR when it...
  • Proof of Citizenship Needed for [WI] Public Services

    05/13/2006 2:36:17 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies · 593+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | May 13, 2006 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, WI (AP) -- Illegal immigrants in Wisconsin would be cut off from state prescription drug discounts, the state's health insurance program for the working poor and Social Security benefits under a bill sitting on Gov. Jim Doyle's desk. Under the Republican-authored measure, only U.S. citizens or lawful immigrants would be eligible for public benefits from the state Health and Family Services and Workforce Development departments. Applicants would have to show proof of citizenship or legal immigration status. State workers would have to certify the documents' authenticity or face fines. Sen. Tom Reynolds, R-West Allis, the bill's author, said his...
  • Forensic Dentist: Remains are Those of Missing Pregnant Woman [WI]

    05/07/2006 2:13:05 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 4 replies · 337+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | May 7, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    NEILLSVILLE, WI (AP) -- The remains pulled from the Chippewa River were those of a pregnant woman allegedly killed by her new husband, according to a forensic dentist. Shaun W. Rudy, 23, of Thorp, has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide for the deaths of his wife and unborn child, as well as a count of dismembering a corpse. His wife, Christine Rudy, 21, was fatally shot Nov. 12, dismembered and dropped into the Chippewa River near the Cobban Bridge in Chippewa County a day or two later, authorities said. She was six months pregnant at the time....
  • (WI) Senate OKs Gas Price Bill

    05/04/2006 4:49:39 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 4 replies · 173+ views
    Madison.com via AP Wire ^ | May 4, 2006 | Todd Richmond
    State authorities would have the power to warn and fine gas stations for price gouging under a bill the state Senate approved Wednesday as gas prices in Wisconsin hovered just under $3 per gallon. Wisconsin currently has no anti-gouging laws. The only state laws restricting gas prices prohibit changing prices more than once a day and charging people in line for gas a new price posted while they're waiting, according to state Department of Justice officials. The Republican-authored bill would prohibit selling consumer goods and services, including gas, at excessive prices during an emergency declared by the governor. The Department...
  • Jury Acquits White Former Officers In Severe Beating Of Biracial Man

    04/15/2006 9:22:20 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 49 replies · 816+ views
    THE INDY CHANNEL ^ | 04-15-2006 | AP
    MILWAUKEE -- A jury cleared three white former police officers of most charges in the 2004 brutal beating of a biracial man that enflamed racial tensions, but city officials vowed to ask federal prosecutors to consider pursuing the case. Image: Jude After Beating | Slideshow: Fired Milwaukee Police Officers' Trial An all-white jury deliberated for more than 26 hours and returned not guilty verdicts late Friday on the charges against Daniel Masarik and Andrew Spengler, both 26. John Bartlett, 34, was cleared on one charge but the jury deadlocked on a charge of substantial battery. Prosecutors claimed the men beat...
  • Man charged for indecent exposure (3rd arrest in a month)

    04/15/2006 4:06:39 AM PDT · by Jaysun · 19 replies · 1,679+ views
    The Huntsville Times ^ | April 15, 2006 | WENDY REEVES
    MADISON - A 44-year-old Huntsville man was jailed on Friday for allegedly exposing himself to children riding on a Madison school bus last month. Thomas Erich Durham, of 1408 Wind River Drive in Huntsville, was charged with seven counts of indecent exposure, Madison police Lt. Tim Albright said. Durham had already been charged by Athens and Huntsville police for similar incidents of indecent exposure at shopping centers last month. Albright said Madison investigators interviewed several witnesses to identify Durham as the man who allegedly exposed himself to several children as they traveled home from school on a school bus on...
  • Body Found in Area Where Two Milwaukee Boys Disappeared (WI)

    04/15/2006 5:05:32 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 4 replies · 311+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | April 15, 2006 | Colin Fry
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two bodies were recovered Friday night from a park lagoon in the area where two Milwaukee boys have been missing for almost month, police said. "It's very difficult at this early time to make any indication of who the child might be," Police Chief Nan Hegerty told reporters as she announced the discovery of the first body. "It looks like it has been in the lagoon for quite some time." She said an autopsy would be done Saturday. Police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz confirmed that divers later recovered a second body from the lagoon. Hegerty said the...
  • Jury Acquits Three Milwaukee Officers on Most Charges in Beating (WI)

    04/15/2006 5:13:40 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 404+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | April 15, 2006 | Carrie Antlfinger
    MILWAUKEE, WI (AP) -- City officials called on federal prosecutors to consider charges in the brutal beating of a biracial man after a Circuit Court jury acquitted three white former police officers of most of the charges against them in the case. City officials also urged residents not to resort to violence in response to the case that has inflamed racial tensions in the city. "I implore to the citizens of Milwaukee, `Stay calm,'" Police Chief Nan Hegerty said at a news conference early Saturday. An all-white jury deliberated for more than 26 hours and returned not guilty verdicts on...
  • Johnny, we hardly know ye--Time to draw a line in the sand over economic development

    04/03/2006 4:49:49 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 395+ views
    Lakeland Times ^ | March 31, 2006 | Gregg Walker
    There comes a time to draw a line in the sand over economic development, and we have reached that time right now in the Northwoods. I am specifically talking about a sensible and reasonable small-business project being proposed by Jack Dunbar, who wants to develop a gravel pit on a properly zoned Lake Tomahawk parcel his family has owned and logged for decades. Anti-growth forces, most of them relatively new to the area, are attempting to thwart that development, but the larger issues in this case can be applied across the board to almost any economic development situation. Simply put,...
  • Latinos to Rally Here April 10 (Madison, WI)

    03/31/2006 1:10:26 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies · 466+ views
    Madison.com ^ | March 31, 2006 | Aaron Nathans
    (Marchers to protest House OK for bill...) Local Latino workers are planning to take a day off work to stage a protest against proposed federal legislation that would crack down on undocumented workers.They are planning "A Day Without Latinos" for April 10. The protesters are planning to converge at Brittingham Park at 10:30 a.m. and march to the State Capitol, with a program there from noon to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. "This isn't just about Latino people. It's about everybody in the community," said Alex Gillis, an organizer, and Madison coordinator for the immigrant group...
  • Big Cheese Will be Crowned [In Wisconsin]

    03/18/2006 9:49:56 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies · 264+ views
    Madison.com ^ | March 17, 2006 | Aaron Nathans
    Cheesemakers from around the world will converge on Madison, WI next week to compete for the title of the world's best cheese. The World Championship Cheese Contest will take place at Monona Terrace from Tuesday to Thursday. The event is free and open to the public. "It will be a learning experience," said William Wendorff, chairman of the Food Science Department at UW-Madison. "They will have the opportunity to see some outstanding cheeses."Mark Johnson, a scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research at UW-Madison, will be one of the judges on an international panel, which will include connoisseurs from...
  • (WI) Senate Passes Resolution Asking Voters to Consider Death Penalty

    03/08/2006 5:41:53 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 197+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | March 8, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    MADISON, WI (AP) -- Wisconsin voters would be asked in September whether the state should bring back the death penalty after a 153-year hiatus under a measure approved by the state Senate 20-13 on Tuesday. The referendum results would be advisory, but Senate President Alan Lasee, R-De Pere, said he hoped they would spur the state Legislature to join 38 states that have the death penalty.Voters would be asked whether Wisconsin should have capital punishment in "vicious" first-degree murder cases in which killers are convicted using DNA evidence. The state outlawed capital punishment in 1853. "I think it's important for...
  • More Families Turn to Area Food Banks; Many Include at Least One Working Adult (WI)

    02/24/2006 1:18:23 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies · 481+ views
    Madison.com ^ | February 24, 2006 | Pat Schneider
    More area families - many with at least one working adult - are turning to food banks to supplement their menus, according to two new reports. Some 69,379 households - counting many more than once - received food through pantries in the Dane County Food Pantry Network in 2005, according to the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin. That's an increase in households served of 9 percent over two years. Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, which covers a 16-county area, used a slightly different yardstick to report that the number of unduplicated individuals served through the food programs...
  • (WI Assembly Leader) Jensen (R, WI) Trial to Begin Tuesday

    02/19/2006 1:15:30 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 140+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | February 19, 2006 | JR Ross
    MADISON, WI (AP) -- For more than three years, state Rep. Scott Jensen has fought felony misconduct charges against him before various judges. Starting Tuesday, he will fight them before a jury of his peers. Barring a last-minute deal, the Republican lawmaker who once led the state Assembly will go to trial this week on three felony misconduct in office charges and a misdemeanor count for allegedly using his public position for private gain. If convicted on any of the felony charges, he faces expulsion from public office along with the possibility of prison time. His trial begins at a...
  • Bambi wins round one

    02/13/2006 4:34:27 PM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies · 714+ views
    Wisconsinnews.com ^ | 2-16-06 | MIKE MILLER
    MADISON - Bambi the deer won a round in Dane County Circuit Court Friday in her fight to stay with the Smith family of rural Columbus. Dane County Circuit Judge John Albert declined to grant a request by the state Department of Natural Resources to wrest the whitetail from the Smiths, who have cared for her since she was run over by a car and chewed up by coyotes nearly two years ago. Ever since then, the DNR has waged a campaign to take Bambi away from the family. The Smiths were in court Friday to hear Albert say that...
  • Student Newspaper Promotes Diversity In Language, School

    02/11/2006 2:18:32 PM PST · by zaxxon · 18 replies · 390+ views
    Channel3000.com/Madison, Wisconsin ^ | February 10, 2006 | n/a
    MADISON, Wis. -- Students at La Follette High School are making sure every student has a voice through the use of their school newspaper, WISC-TV reported. With the first edition of La Follette Lance in 2006, the newspaper began targeting students who thought they had been forgotten. For example, Andres Garcia enjoys the entire page of Spanish articles the Lance editors and writers produce for each issue. "This is something that was actually overdue," Garcia said. "That was something we should have had years ago." We want reading the Lance to be easy and fun," said Lance co-editor and senior...
  • The unofficial word on official things [Does Wisconsin need an official State Tartan?]

    01/22/2006 7:52:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 300+ views
    Madison.com ^ | 1-22-06
    Wisconsin needs an official state tartan about as much as Scotland needs an official state bratwurst. Or about as much as Texas needs an official state tall ship, Louisiana needs an official state meat pie and Oklahoma needs an official state cartoon character. Strike those last three. It turns out those actually are official state items. Which explains why the state Assembly is considering a bill that would officially designate a tartan, a plaid of Scottish origin, as an official state symbol to join the 21 other official state symbols, ranging from the official state dance (the polka) to the...
  • Wisconsin : Fence Cut on Portage County White-tailed Deer Preserve; DNR to Begin Shooting in Area

    01/22/2006 7:47:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies · 343+ views
    CWD Alliance ^ | 1-22-06
    Wisconsin : Fence Cut on Portage County White-tailed Deer Preserve; DNR to Begin Shooting in Area Date: January 13, 2006 Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection Contacts: Alan Crossley 608-275-3242 (DNR) 608-575-2291 (cell) Donna Gilson 608-224-5130 (DATCP) MADISON – The perimeter fence was intentionally cut at Buckhorn Flats, an Almond hunting preserve infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD), natural resources and agriculture officials reported Friday. State officials are concerned because of possible exposure of wild (free-ranging) deer to the disease. It is unknown when the fence was cut or if any deer...
  • Wisconsin Stops Shackling Inmates During Labor

    01/20/2006 1:33:01 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies · 365+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | January 19, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    APPLETON, WI - The secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections says he has directed his staff to end the use of restraints on pregnant inmates during labor, delivery and recovery. "I believe that we can have a policy that protects safety and security but still allows for a woman offender to have a baby without having restraints on," Matt Frank told The Post-Crescent newspaper Wednesday after it reported on the practice earlier this week. "Of course, we are always very cognizant of safety and security for all who are concerned, including not just the inmates but the staff and...
  • Classroom Animal Kept Teaching Even After it Died

    01/18/2006 7:02:45 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies · 1,138+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | January 18, 2006 | Sandy Cullen
    When Cinnamon, one of two white mice in Gary Skiles' Madison, WI classroom, died recently, it created a "teachable moment" that isn't part of the regular elementary science curriculum. After finding the dead animal in its cage one morning, Skiles' second- and third-grade students sat down together on the carpet in their classroom at Schenk Elementary School and talked about what to do with it. Some students wanted to bury Cinnamon. Others suggested flushing him down the toilet. But after realizing that no matter what they did, the mouse's body would be eaten by other organisms, the students decided to...
  • Bereft Mom Honored for Fighting System

    01/15/2006 12:20:30 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 638+ views
    JSOnline ^ | January 13, 2006 | Mike Nichols
    Susan Gengler-Liermann was named Dodge County's Citizen of the Year at a banquet Friday night in Beaver Dam and, for a woman who jokes she hasn't won anything since being designated Betty Crocker's "Homemaker of Tomorrow" while attending Pius XI High School back in 1973, it's a pretty big award. Although, to anyone who lives in any of the other 71 counties in this state and knows what she did for her son Jimmy, not to mention the rest of us, not nearly big enough. Jimmy was late biking home from his job the night authorities came to his mom's...